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Art & Resistance in Theresienstadt

February 15 - November 30

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Established by the Nazis on November 24, 1941, Theresienstadt played a critical role in the Nazi Government’s deceptive propaganda to quell questions surrounding the deportations of Jews and their fate. The Nazis presented Theresienstadt as a model “settlement” or “spa” town but, the harsh reality was that it was a place designed to accelerate death.  


Jews resisted the horrific surroundings and cruel treatment in any way they could, wielding their brushes and pens as instruments of resistance. "To Paint is to Live'' reveals the profound role of art in reaffirming human dignity as prisoners turned to creative expression to assert their identity, chronicle their existence, and honor their cultural heritage in the face of unspeakable atrocities. 


Highlighting the untold stories of endurance through remarkable art works of those who survived and perished, this exhibition challenges us to contemplate the transformative power of art when faced with extreme adversity and reflect on the capacity for maintaining human dignity. 


On June 23, 1944, yielding to international pressure, the Nazis permitted an International Red Cross commission to visit Theresienstadt, and by employing manipulative tactics, the Nazis successfully concealed the murderous realities from the Red Cross delegation. 

Photos | Courtesy of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

“If in barbed wire, things can bloom. Why couldn't I? I will not die!”



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